Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 and Alpha QX1
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Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 and Alpha QX1

Sony has announced a pair of cameras that clip onto (and are operated by) smartphones. This isn't the first time they've done this (see the following slide), but they've really upped the ante with one of the products.

The first of the two cameras is the Cyber-shot DSC-QX30, which features a 20MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor and 25-750mm equiv. lens. It has lens-shift image stabilization, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video. You can pick one up for yourself in September for $350.

The more ambitious camera is the Alpha QX1, which has a 20.4MP APS-C CMOS sensor and supports Sony E-mount lenses. In other words, it's a mirrorless camera with a phone on the back. It offers all of the benefits of such a camera, including manual controls, Raw and, of course, the ability to use any lens you want. The QX1 is priced at $400 and will ship in November.

Read on for more about these two cameras!